Republican presidential hopefuls will once again go head-to-head during the second primary debate Wednesday, hosted by CNN. The debate starts at 8 p.m. EDT, but many groups will be hosting GOP debate watch parties that will feature both food and drink specials through the night. Check out this guide to Washington, D.C., parties where you can have a couple of drinks before you watch the Republicans go at it again.

 PredictIt GOP Debate Party

Where: Union Pub, 201 Massachusetts Ave. N.E.

When: 5:30-11 p.m.

Cost: Free, register here.

The watch party at this Capitol Hill bar will feature drink specials and drinking games, as well as other games such as bingo. You have to like PredictIt on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to get in.


Debate Watch Party -- The Second Republican Debate

Where: Claudia's Steakhouse, 1501 K St. N.W.

When: 7-10 p.m.

Cost: Free, sign up to attend.

L2, a voting data processor, and the political magazine Campaign & Elections are teaming up to host this free watch party. The open bar they plan to have at the event will surely make watching the debates more interesting than watching them at home.



Rooftop Mixer & GOP Debate Watch II

Where: Cambria Suites, 899 O St. N.W.

When: 6 -10 p.m.

Cost: Free, register here.

Hosted by the Network for Progress, this rooftop mixer will feature $4 domestic beers and $6 glasses of wine until 7 p.m., after which guests are set to go down to the lobby bar to watch the debate. Special speakers will be set up to hear the televised debates better.


Free CNN Presidential Debate Watch Party at Johnny Pistolas

Where: Johnny Pistolas, 2333 18th St. N.W.

When: 4 p.m.

Cost: Free.

Free beer will flow and games will be played at this watch party while the debate plays out on the restaurant's 12 large screens. Make sure to eat some of the $2 tacos they’ll serve from 5 -7 p.m.


GOP Presidential Debate Watch Party

Where: The National Press Club, 529 14th St. N.W.

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $15 general admission.

Get your tickets early for access to snacks and your first drink of the evening at the National Press Club. Drinks are named after the candidates at the debate -- ordering “The Rubio” will get you a Cuba Libre, while ordering “The Huckabee” will only get you a Diet Coke.